About Us

Our History

In 2005, former First Lady of Indianapolis Amy Minick Peterson led a study to determine how immigrant newcomers’ needs were being met in Central Indiana. Together with members of the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee (GIPC), chaired by community leader Yvonne Shaheen, Mrs. Peterson researched various immigrant populations and their needs, facilitated focus groups with service providers, and studied best practices in other cities for assisting immigrants and refugees.

By 2006 Immigrant Welcome Center, as it is known today, was established with the help of 12 volunteers known as Natural Helpers. One year later, an executive director was hired, and by January 2008, IWC moved its office into the John H. Boner Community Center. After expanding, in 2015, IWC relocated to Fountain Square, where resided on the third floor of the Southeast Community Services Center. In May 2021, Immigrant Welcome Center moved to the main branch of the Indianapolis Public Library located on 40 E. St. Clair Street.


Mission + Vision + Values

Mission + Vision + Values

Our Mission

To be a trusted partner and advocate for all immigrants.

Our Vision

Every immigrant in Indiana is thriving.


Equity • Accountability • Collaboration • Trust

Our Team

  • Christina Arrom Garza, J.D.

    Christina Arrom Garza, J.D.

    Chief Operating Officer


    Christina Arrom Garza is a first-generation Cuban-American lawyer that uses her expertise to serve her community. She has experience working with nonprofits to build capacity, advocate for equality, and drive impact. Christina has directly …

  • Diana Avila

    Diana Avila

    Naturalization and Legal Services Coordinator 


    Diana Avila is originally from Honduras. At the age of 4, she moved to the U.S. with her family. She has lived in Indianapolis ever since, but it has not been easy. Being an immigrant and DACA recipient, Diana has held a passion …

  • Kayla Byrd

    Kayla Byrd

    Fundraising & Marketing Specialist 


    Kayla Byrd was born and raised in Indianapolis where she has happily witnessed the growth of the city’s immigrant population.  As a language and culture enthusiast…

  • Gurinder Kaur

    Gurinder Kaur

    Chief Executive Officer


    Gurinder Kaur is a servant leader, compassionate advocate for equity, and champion for social justice. Gurinder was born and brought up in New Delhi, India. Her formative years were influenced by her middle-class working parents …

  • Ginger Kosobucki

    Ginger Kosobucki

    ELL Director


    A life-long language learner, Ginger Kosobucki appreciates the difficulties immigrants face in a culture whose dominant language is not their own. Her work focuses on creating more opportunities for English language learning for immigrants …

  • Mistie Rivas

    Mistie Rivas

    Marketing and Communications Manager 


    Mistie Rivas is passionate about assisting and connecting the immigrant community to the resources they need. As an immigrant and first-generation college graduate herself, she understands the obstacles …

  • Sergio Roldan

    Sergio Roldan

    Natural Helpers and Immigrant Support Manager


    Sergio Roldan was born and raised in Guatemala City, Guatemala, and relocated with his family to Atlanta, Georgia shortly after the 1996 Olympic Games. Growing up in a multicultural city such as Atlanta influenced Sergio …

  • Nilofar Sherzad

    Nilofar Sherzad

    Community Navigator 


    Nilofar Sherzad has worked at various national and international organizations for children and women’s rights. She has more than ten years of experience in the fields of advocacy, human Rights…

  • Rochenide St Preux

    Rochenide St Preux

    Project Liaison Manager


    Rochenide was born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and immigrated to the states in her early teens. During her first few months in the United States, she quickly…

  • Derek Torrico

    Derek Torrico

    Accounts and Grants Manager


    Derek Torrico immigrated to the United States in 2006, from his hometown of Arequipa, Peru. His unique background has instilled…

  • Bekah Wickham-Joslin

    Bekah Wickham-Joslin

    Manager of Training & Resources


    Bekah Wickham-Joslin is a community advocate with a drive for justice and equity. With an educational background in community development, she is passionate about contributing her …

Our Board

  • Lisa Sirkin Vielee

    Lisa Sirkin Vielee


    Owner & President, Well Done Marketing

  • Naomi Kwang

    Naomi Kwang

    Immediate Past Chair

    Partner, Barnes and Thornburg, LLP

  • Ashley Overley, M.D.

    Ashley Overley, M.D.


    Chief Executive Officer, Sandra Eskenazi Mental Health Center

  • Luisa Macer

    Luisa Macer


    Community Outreach & Fan Engagement Manager, Indianapolis Motor Speedway

  • Nida Ansari

    Nida Ansari

    Chief Executive Officer, Karmic Partners

  • Linda Simba

    Linda Simba

    Clinical Labs & Data Sciences Advisor, Eli Lilly and Company

  • Michael B. Murphy

    Michael B. Murphy


  • Charles J. Garcia

    Charles J. Garcia


  • Amy Minick Peterson

    Amy Minick Peterson

    Founder and Board Member Emerita

  • Dulce Vega

    Dulce Vega

    Development Director, Crossroads of America Council, Boy Scouts of Indiana

  • Mario Rodriguez

    Mario Rodriguez

    Executive Director, Indianapolis Airport Authority

  • Leonard Hoops

    Leonard Hoops

    President & CEO, Visit Indy

  • Aaron Spiegel

    Aaron Spiegel

    Executive Director, GIMA

  • Mark Wuellner

    Mark Wuellner

    Chief of Staff, Brown Lier Law

  • Kristie S. Johnson, PhD, CFRE

    Kristie S. Johnson, PhD, CFRE

    VP of Development & External Affairs, The International Center

  • George Khazal

    George Khazal

    VP of Systems and Infra Engineering, Salesforce

  • Ritu Chokshi

    Ritu Chokshi

    Partner & Immigration Attorney, Chugh

  • Tammy Lieber

    Tammy Lieber

    Enterprise Marketing and Communications, One America

  • Soula Banich

    Soula Banich

    VP – Chief Operations Officer, ISR

    North Hospital, supporting Saxony and Tipton

    IU Health

  •  Ephraim Palmero

    Ephraim Palmero

    Program Officer, Policy & Engagement LISC Indianapolis 

    Local Initiatives Support Corporation